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4.01  ·  Rating details ·  409 ratings  ·  36 reviews
The famous opening line of Monsieur Teste -- "Stupidity is not my strong suit" -- is typical of Monsieur Teste, and of Valery as well. Although not autobiographical in any usual sense, the book is profoundly personal. Valery said he could not imagine the existence of the novel, vet he could not resist the character living in his mind. On the one hand. Monsieur Teste reflec ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published September 22nd 1998 by Gallimard French (first published 1896)
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Teresa
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-frança, 2e
Aborreceu-me muito, mas suponho que foi por não ter percebido nada. Isto é coisa demasiado complexa e erudita para as minhas posses. Vá lá que ainda lhe aproveitei umas frases para "colar na porta do frigorífico":

"Encontrar nada é. O difícil é acrescentar a nós próprios aquilo que se encontra."

"Há uma boa parte da alma que pode desfrutar sem compreender, e em mim é vasta essa parte."

"Não sei o que é a consciência de um tolo, mas a de um homem de espírito está cheia de tolices."

"Por que amo o que
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kaelan
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about bullshit. More specifically, I've been thinking about the assumptions that underpin any bullshit-imputing judgment. For instance, it seems to me that judgments of the form "x is bullshit" necessarily presuppose that the judging party has an adequate understanding of the x's semantic content (or alleged lack thereof). And if the judging party further determines that the x in question happens to be truth-apt (i.e., has a truth value of either true or false), ...more
Sinem A.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bartleby bu şurekanın kurucusu ise Mösyö Teste de ceosu bence. Tekrar tekrar okunacak, her cümlesi dolu dolu bir kitap. Teste hem kendini anlatıyor, hem çevresinden dinliyoruz Teste yi. Büyük bir çeviri uğraşı gerektirdiği de belirtilen kitap bence tam bir kayıp hazine.
Gustavo Offely
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
«O Senhor Teste faz lembrar um homem.»

Aníbal Fernandes

Só um literato – com uma vida interior feita de empréstimos literários e uma vida exterior que lamenta os juros – poderia ter imaginado o não-literato Senhor Teste. Imaginar ser Teste já é mais difícil. Talvez seja possível até à hora do almoço. «The abdomen is the reason why man does not readily take himself to be a god», disse Nietzsche. A verdade é que ser divino estraga o apetite e a digestão. Só me dá para ser divino em dias de jejum.

Hei
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jeremy
Jul 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation, fiction
a brief, but thought-provoking read. teste seems as though he could easily have been a compatriot to one of fernando pessoa's heteronyms (perhaps bernardo soares). monsieur teste is an exploration of the role of the intellect on being.

certain people sense that their senses separate them from the real, from being. this sense in them infects their other senses. what i see blinds me. what i hear deafens me. what i know renders me ignorant. i am ignorant of as much, and in so far, as i know. this br
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Stringbean
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Valéry braves a new form of biography. In it, there is no place for the incidental, the accidental, or unnecessary. The book comprises of the short anecdote referenced above, two others like it, selections from a logbook, some recorded thoughts of M. Teste, & two letters written by others.* It is an eloquently fragmented, perfectly modern text. It cannot resign its centre to concretion. Valéry on Teste: “I am sorry to speak of him as we speak of those of whom statues are made” (13); Teste on ...more
Debra
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The most compelling study of the nature of consciousness, and turn of the last century literary eloquence.
Daphne
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-keep
It's almost impossible to comment articulately about Valery. His writing is poetry, his mind is etherial. This book gives just a taste of both.
Colby
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
perfect. i wil reread, reread, reread.
Justin Evans
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Really, I just want to quote, but it's worth noting that what other characters write about M. Teste is much more interesting than the texts attributed to Teste himself.

"Coming back to Monsieur Teste... a character of this kind could not survive in reality for more than a few quarters of an hour."

"He said in his low quick voice: 'Let them enjoy and obey!'"

"I sometimes amuse myself with an idea of our hearts borrowed from physics: they are made of an enormous injustice and a very small justice i
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NL
Jan 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in 2003 and it made a strong impression on me without my actually understanding it. It's like how I knew at 17 that Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville" would be applicable to my love life, but didn't appreciate the tragi-comic implications of that until hearing the album again at 30.

Ekin
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Paralel okuma önerisi: Stefan Zweig- Kendileriyle Savaşanlar (Şeytanla Savaş diye de çevrildi) Sonrasında depresyon istiklal marşı kapanış.
Orcun
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Üniversite yıllarında okuyup da bir daha üstünden geçmem gerektiğini düşündüğüm kitaplardan biriydi Mösyö Teste; yeni bir çevirisini görünce kaçırmadım. Valery’nin burada geliştirdiği düzyazı üslubu edebiyatı felsefenin sınırına taşıyor, ama o sınırdan içeri girmiyor. Kitaba önsöz niyetine konmuş Maurice Blanchot yazısı tesadüf değil: Kuşkusuz Blanchot’nun da, dostu Bataille’ın da on yıllar içinde sahiplenip geliştireceği üslubun öncülerinden biri sayılabilir. Bu üslubu sevmek ya da itici bulmak ...more
Maurizio Manco
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"UNA PREGHIERA DEL SIGNOR TESTE: Signore, io ero nel nulla; infinitamente nessuno e tranquillo. Sono stato disturbato in quella situazione per venir immesso in uno strano carnevale... e, a cura vostra, venni dotato di tutto il necessario per soffrire, godere, capire e ingannarmi; doni ineguali."
(p. 60)

"Bisogna entrare in se stessi armati fino ai denti." (p. 95)
Melike
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
yani aslında aşırı çok beğendiğim bölümleri vardı ama genel olarak biraz sıkıcıydı.
özür dilerim ayberk hocam
3/5
Blogbaas Van 'tVliegend Eiland
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
7/10 (in vertaling gelezen)
Namnlaus
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Jeg er såpass lettsindig av meg at jeg stundom gir meg i kast med bøker jeg på forhånd ikke har noen kunnskap om eller forventninger til. Herr Teste av Paul Valéry valgte jeg bare fordi den var kort og dermed passet min timeplan. Denne min metode for valg av lektyre har gitt meg både gledelige overraskelser og smertefulle skuffelser, og i kjølvannet - ja, i virvelen - av alle de andre abstrakte skriveriene jeg har lest den siste tiden, var det mitt håp at kanskje denne boken skulle gi meg noe me ...more
Pavel
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
If you are here because Teste was mentioned by in Six Memos for the Next Millennium, you are better of with just taking what Calvino had to say about it.

Monsieur Teste gives you the worst of two worlds: fiction and philosophy. Maybe it could have been a good read if it wasn't so difficult, disjointed, redundant, and boring. Please avoid.
Josée
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
À la base de mon projet "Marge" (2010, Publie.net), avec "Plume" de Michaux et "Palomar" de Calvino.
Melihcan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tek okuma ile kavranması, anlaşılması zor bir kitap. Bir kurgu kahramanı olmak için bile çok gerçekdışı Mösyö Teste. Gerçekten farklı şeyler okumak ve düşünmek isteyenler için tavsiye.
Alexandra
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Une histoire très bizarre et dense
Lauren
We read the first 58 pages for English 390R Transnational Literature Poe and the World.
Laginestra
Teste, testis, testimone. Colui che è presente alla relazione tra l'occhio e l'Io, tra l'Io e se stesso. Novello Cartesio, al cogito, ergo sum Valéry sostituisce un personale e razionale non sum, cogito. Teste è in posizione di terzo - osservatore - sorta di "Io dell'Io".
L'opera di decostruzione che Valéry applica all'uomo tramite Teste risponde al suo chiedersi que peut un homme?. Valéry definisce Teste apostolo intimo della consciousness... un mistico e un fisico della self-conscience, pura e
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christina
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, philosophy
Monsieur Teste is supposed to represent a mind detached from sensibility. Teste, incidentally, means 'witness'. And he is a witness. Continually throughout the first and strongest of the three sections, M. Teste not only witnesses his own thoughts and the thoughts of others, we witness how he 'witnesses'. But he isn't perfectly drawn; the attempt to relieve him of self awareness to reach and react only to immediate thoughts, to present a characature of a being that is immediate and present, fail ...more
Blanca García
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
"M. Teste es testimonio."

Para hacer callar esa voz que percute una y otra vez, que corrompe-vacía y aisla en la ceguera de claridad en demasía, se nos irrumpe el Monsieur Teste ("Concious - Teste, Testis"). Y silenciarse, sólo ser capaces de eso, recogerse y callar. "Nadie medita", mas esto es lo del pensar, sin embargo.

Pero entonces, recobrar la inconsciencia aunque una décima de segundo, volcarse al Otro ("que débil amo"), al Être, Oasis, ocupar el primer espacio de tierra primitiva posible, d
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Melusine Parry
"Nous nous taisons, nous nous fixons, anxieux de n’être pas un fragment de foule. Mais moi, l’immense autrui me presse de toutes parts. Il respire pour moi dans sa propre substance impénétrable. Si je souris, c’est un peu de sa pulpe enchantée qui, non loin de mon idée, se tord; et, par ce changement dans mes lèvres, je me sens tout à coup, subtil.
Je ne sais ce qui est à moi: pas même ce sourire, ni sa suite à demi pensée."
k
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Picked it up at 4am to put me to sleep. That it did. Will probably have to read it again. It had been a while since I read anything so, well, French, which I guess means deeply philosophical in content but presented in that poetic, often contradictory form that they so love. Not my thing, but was a nice counterpoint to Bartleby, which dealt with similar themes, at similar length, but in a totally different style.
Marie
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
How interesting can your journal be? Imagine a man who struggles to be the most intellectual he can be, without ever doing anything, just contemplating possibilities. And then they say utopias are theory.

It was a very interesting first approach to Valéry, perhaps the next step will be to read his actual diaries.
Rachel
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
There are two reasons to read this book.

The first is that sometimes as you read you can get lost in short passages of such strange beauty that you can forget the hateful looming pomposity of the title character.

The second is that, if you have the right kind of husband, he will yell HAHAHA IT'S MISTER NUTS every time he sees you with the book.
Luis Del
Texto que necesita de disciplina y atención inagotables. Es una lectura que solo se disfruta en la insistencia, y que solo el tiempo y la constancia la convierten, de repente y casi sin esperarlo, en placer intelectual.

Siempre que Paul Valéry en realidad no nos esté tomando el pelo.

Posiblemente el libro más difícil que he leído en mi vida.
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Ambroise-Paul-Toussaint-Jules Valéry was a French poet, essayist, and philosopher. His interests were sufficiently broad that he can be classified as a polymath. In addition to his fiction (poetry, drama and dialogues), he also wrote many essays and aphorisms on art, history, letters, music, and current events.

Valéry is best known as a poet, and is sometimes considered to be the last of the French
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“The stranger’s way of looking at things, the eye of a man who does not recognize, who is beyond this world, the eye as frontier between being & non-being — belongs to the thinker. It is also the eye of a dying man, a man losing recognition.” 8 likes
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